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Book Review: This Book is Gay by James Dawson

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: This Book is Gay 
Author: James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key
Pages: 208 
Genre: Non-Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT, Dating, Love

A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious – for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality.
Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

I felt like I hadn’t posted in a while (I have exams starting April 27th and ending May 11th so you may see little of me around this time) and as I am having a bit of a break from revision I thought I would take the time to write a book review! I’m sure you have heard of this book before, it has hit the book community by storm and I actually had the pleasure of meeting the author and he is the most hilarious person ever, he just says it like it is and he’s just brilliant.

Onto the book. This isn’t just a sex education book, this book is a manual, this book is a guide to how life should be lived and how people should be treated. When I got this book, I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest I hadn’t heard what it was about so I figured it was probably a fiction book based on the life of a gay couple, I was so wrong! But still, that was what I thought just from the cover, but after reading the book, or should I say devouring the book, I just love how clever the title is and how well it fits into the book and its message.

Yes there are chapters on sex education, which I do think is important with any sexuality as it’s important to be safe and practice safe sex, STD’s are heavily on the rise and this book speaks about how and why they should teach this in schools as part of the sex education. It may be an embarrassing subject but isn’t it worth talking about if it stops diseases, saves lives? I think so.

This book spoke to me on so many levels, you don’t have to be a part of this community to enjoy the book and to realise that this is a problem and that it should be dealt with. James handled this topic so well, he gave the statistics, he gave the facts and he was serious about the issue whilst also making you laugh out loud (yes people do give you funny looks when you cry laughing on your commute to university).

I learnt so much from this book, he even includes a chapter where he speaks about popular holiday destinations where LGBT is still illegal and it’s just insane to think that this still happens and I am shocked that it does and it was so eye opening to read about. There is even a section dedicated to parents of children who are LGBT which I think is incredibly helpful and should be read by parents, especially those who are close minded.

My favourite part of this book was where James speaks about arguments people make against the LGBT community, particularly those who say that the Bible says it’s wrong, he also listed other things that the bible says you should and shouldn’t do so if you’re following the Bible so strictly you should also sell your daughter to slavery. Everything just made sense, it was so well written and it shows how close minded and hypocritical people are that are against LGBT.

I was pleased when I saw who the illustrator was, if you ever read the ally’s world books when you were younger like I did then you will also recognise the illustrator, The illustrations added so much to the book and to the enjoyment of it, it isn’t just a book that says “look how badly LGBT are treated”, it makes you laugh but it has a message and it’s a message that I wish more people would pay attention to.

I absolutely adored this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. This should be a book that everybody has to read, it should be a book that is readily in libraries as well as schools, everyone would benefit from reading it.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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